The Royal Acquaintances Memi and Sabu
- Old Kingdom
- Dynasty 4
- ca. 2575–2465 B.C.
- From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Giza, Western Cemetery
- Limestone, paint
- H. 62 cm (24.7/16 in.); W. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.); D. 15.2 cm (6 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1948
- Accession Number:
This statue evokes the intimacy of Memi and his companion, Sabu, although she is set somewhat apart by her oblique gaze.
Until recently, the flowering of nonroyal statuary was believed to have occurred only in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. Recent studies indicate, however, that many of these nonroyal statues, including Memi and Sabu, are better dated to the Fourth Dynasty, contemporary with the great royal statuary programs. The early date for Memi and Sabu is based both on her coiffure and on the reciprocated embrace.
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Royal Acquaintances Memi (and) Sabu
Purchased by the Museum from Louis Stern, 1948. Previously in the possession of Maguid Sameda.
Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 110.
Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 36, fig. 56.
Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 20-21.